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This date has been commercially released as "Road Trips: Vol 3, No. 1: Oakland 1979"
Subject: overrated.... emperor's clothes
Honestly this is riddled with slop and off-playing. Definitely some great moments and a strong finish, but here we go again with people jumping onboard and dubbing this as a classic and others, not wanting to be left out, doing the same.
Those that think Cornell 77 is the greatest will say the same about this. The rest who think there are just so many other better shows will shake their heads.
Certainly enjoyable, but so many other better shows.
hunter this is just sick dude, fantastic. the dead should hire you i'm serious. this just blows the socks off the aud or the sbd.
Subject: Hunter Seamons
Everything Hunter Seamons touches is gold!!
Subject: Hot, Hot, Hot
Have alway loved this show, albeit I didn't quite make it to the OA this night as I was 2 years shy of my learners permit. However, I did make many Mardi Gras Shows at the OC, and since it is that special day, cheers to all and a smile to the last parade as I sit and look at my stub ~ Sun Feb 26 1995 @ 5:00 PM ~ a Bill Graham production, but I digress.
Thanks for the deadication and to your toskills Mr.Seamons (and all involved especially the SBD seed and Steve Rolfe- without you my friend this would not have been possible. I hope this work brought you as close as possible to the 1st row of that balcony!)
I think the Benchmark DAC is incredible and wish I could get the
the Wavlelab 5.0 software for my MAC Pro!!!!
I'd would love to be able to purchase this on CD so I could support you in your efforts!
Now, on with the show........
Subject: Amazing quality
WoW! This was my first ever GD show - I was blown away and went from the top of the balcony to the wall in the middle of Sugaree. Stayed there for the next 15 years. What a great show! My original aud. tape sounds wonderful and boomy - Oakie Aud, eh? - and I adore it but this version shows me better why I fell in love that night. What a great matrix you've created. The whole show sparkles. Even for a newbie. Jerry was enchanted.
I have just started listening to these Matrix mixes. OMG! When done right they really enhance the experience and Mr. Seamons really knows what he's doing! This must be one tedious process but the end result is excellent. And as for the show, hot, hot, hot! The second set freakin' rocks. Amazing Playin' that will blow your mind. Was listening on my way home from work today and was actually hoping for traffic so I could finish the CD. Keep up the great work!
Burnt Rich -
Subject: Playin' In the Band
One of the best ever is hiding out right here. It just has to be heard. The entire show is outstanding and this particular Matrix mix is as good as it gets. Absolute perfection on all fronts. Thanks, all.
Subject: "One More Saturday Morning" ...!
It being a Friday night and after midnight after "Casey Jones". (This isn't important but, when I was looking at them through my binoculars during "Casey Jones", I could see superimposed upon the band as if it were on T.v., the sign "Grateful Dead" which they brought out during that tune above them, the same one in "the movie"! But when I took down my binoculars it was normal i.e. not superimposed over the band but over head)! Honest to God, a very wierd mushroom halucination that I could see interchangably only through my binoculars!
I'm sure glad Steve Rolfe and Ron Elner got the 2nd encore, because it was a roaring version, up to par with the entire rest of this absolutely amazing concert! One of the best I ever saw, out of the ~211 times I saw Grateful Dead.
Subject: shake it, shake it
wow. being blown away by this right now. great mix, a good matrix brings it to life so much beyond the SBDs.
what a sugaree!
Subject: Thanks, Hunter
Beautiful...just beautiful. A very nice mix!
Subject: Seamons top 5
Just so he doesn't think his work is not getting noticed I thought I would send him a cyper-ego-boost:
#1-West High 6/20/80-What a show to start with but the sound is about the best I've ever heard. Simply stunning.
#2-Frost 10/9/82-Matrix recordings are perfect for the 80-85 period because so many boards come off sterile and this recording here shows how the matrix opens up the sound.
#3-Oakland 12-28-79-The depth 3D feel to this one is great. Awesome show by the way. The Terrapin>Playing rivals the Road Trip 1 version. Both outstanding.
#4-Red Rocks 9/7/85-What a fun show, used to have a crappy boot of this one, so cleaning it up to this level is a real treat.
#5-Riverfront 4/8/89-This brings back so many memories of the shows I attended. very realistic feel. Nice show.
You work is freaking fantastic and is getting noticed I wish more people would rate these shows because I want the to keep coming.
If ever a show cried out for a great matrix it is the Dicks Picks Alpine '82. Before anybody jumps on me with the this is an official release you should buy it and stop complaining angle, I have and it sucks. Jerry is so on fire this night and the drums and cymbals are crystal clear but there is no Phil. I have to think there is an audience out there somewhere that could fix this error. What a show, such a shame it is hidden due to poor quality.
Subject: This is nice
Mr. Seamons you are outdoing yourself with every new matrix. possibly your best yet.
Note: rating refers to audio fidelity of this recording.
Subject: All Are Not Created Equal
This is what every Matrix should hope to be. After listening to many, I have found that just because it's a Matrix, doesn't mean it's better than the AUD or SBD source it's drawn from. This one, however, is about as good a Matrix as you'll find. The balance between the two sources is spot on and the sound is just amazing. The show? Oh, yeah. It is fantastic. I'll let the reviews posted w/ the other sources speak to that, only to say that the quality of the show matches the quality of the sound. Thank you again for some very impressive work.